Woman dies and her husband is hurt after wreck involving motorcycle and tow truck in Guilford County

(Viewer submitted photo of crash scene)

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – A woman riding a motorcycle died and her husband driving was hurt after they hit a tow truck in Guilford County.

Patricia Willard, 70, was pronounced dead and her husband, Jerry Willard, also 70, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

It happened at about 8 a.m. Saturday on Sumner Church Road off Old Randleman Road, according to officials.

The motorcyclist was headed northeast on Sumner Church Road and hit the tow truck parked in the same lane of traffic, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The motorcyclist tried to avoid the crash but ended up hitting the bed of the tow truck, according to officials.

Jerry Willard, the motorcycle's driver, had his right arm severely cut. He was taken to Cone Hospital and then flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Patricia Willard, the woman on the back of the motorcycle, which was a trike-style motorcycle with two wheels in the back, died at the scene.

There is no word on what caused the crash. The tow truck driver was not in the vehicle at the time. The truck had been parked there overnight.

The tow truck was with Bobby’s Friendly Towing & Recovery. There are no charges as of Sunday morning.

Google Map for coordinates 35.997035 by -79.812951.

Sumner Church and Old Randleman roads in Guilford County

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